It’s a brave, new [global] world out there, and at this point, we have probably all used parts made in China. Whether it be cheap turn signals, inexpensive tires, or the road-specific clothing we don for our rides around these United States of America, the lower cost of parts produced in China is appealing…
There is no question that Chinese motorcycle parts often get a bad rap, based on a history of shoddy manufacturing. But lately, more and more parts are coming to these shores, and the quality is no longer synonymous with “cheap.” Prices are still far below those made domestically or in Europe, but quality seems to be on the rise.
Recently on eBay, I would stumble upon an aftermarket product that I am looking for, with a cost that seems too good to be true. Whenever I would notice the location was Hong Kong, or worse, a Chinese city I am unfamiliar with, I would instantly click away from the page.
In the past few weeks I have been searching for new adjustable levers for the 1993 Yamaha FZR 600. There are some very fancy, well-made domestic versions that would fit my bike, but they all cost hundreds of dollars. Each time I searched, I would end up on some sportbike forum, and all of them had the same banner ad running at the top of every page. RideIt Moto, a Chinese motorcycle parts company, had begun a slamming ad campaign, inundating these sites with the promise of adjustable levers for only $80 shipped. And with free grips included!
After the umpteenth time of seeing these ads, I finally clicked on the link. While they offer more expensive options, right there at the top of the page, adjustable levers, delivered to your door from Hong Kong. I decided to read some reviews, and while most people, like myself, were skeptical, many riders had ordered them, and were satisfied with the purchase. Based on prices for the alternatives, I decided to “risk” it, and order a pair of the standard size levers (instead of “shorties”). The levers are made for the specific model, to ensure fit and function. There were several color options, but based on the report of fading (not uncommon for even more expensive anodized aluminum), I opted for the raw aluminum version, with a small black adjuster.
Before ordering, I emailed the contact, and was told that the levers would arrive in just a week. This shocked me, because I anticipated a month-long turnaround, based on the fact that it was coming from the other side of the world, and would have to be dealing with customs, etc.
In exactly 7 business days, the levers arrived. Incredible! To the touch, the quality seems fine, and today they will go on the bike. Stay tuned to find out whether these are a good fit, and actually work as advertised…